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ADDRESS 



TO THE 



Seventieth Annual Convention 



OF THE 



Diocese of North Carolina, 



BY THE BISHOP, 



THE RT. REV. T. B. LYMAN, D. D., 



IMI-A/ST 20*33., 1888. 



RALEIGH : 

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Dear Brethren of the Clergy and Laity : 

It is a fitting subject of thankfulness and congratulation 
that we meet again in our annual Council without any loss 
in the ranks of our Clergy, except that arising from remov- 
als to other Dioceses. 

But when we extend our vision over a wider field, we are 
specially saddened by the knowledge that no less than three 
of our Bishops have, within a few months, been summoned 
to the world of spirits. 

The death of the honored Bishop of Easton comes home 
to us as almost a personal bereavement, because, in years 
past, he has been so much associated with our Diocese. For 
some little time during the late war he resided in this State, 
where his ministrations were always highly appreciated. A 
few years later, he was among us, as one of the Consecra- 
tors of your present Bishop, and, on that occasion, he de- 
livered a discourse of extraordinary excellence. And we 
remember him again as the one who came, at our call, and 
preached before the Convention of 1881, that touching Me- 
morial sermon, in which he portrayed so expressively the 
life and character of our late departed Bishop. 

His death is a very great loss to the whole church. Apart 
from his valuable work in his own Diocese, he occupied a 
position of very marked influence in the Councils of the 
Church, while his pen was ever actively employed in illus- 
trating, explaining and commending the doctrines, and 
usages, and Catholic spirit of that communion which he so 
greatly loved. His genial and kindly disposition, his wise 
and well weighed counsels, will be sadly missed at our ap- 






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proaching General Convention. And his lamented loss was 
quickly followed by the sudden and startling death of the 
Bishop of Florida. Although for some years his health had 
been quite feeble, yet, latterly, he seemed to be steadily 
improving, and we were therefore the less prepared for the 
tidings of his departure. In addition to his Diocesan duties 
he had been, for a long time, engaged in compiling a most 
useful work, bearing upon hymnology and church music, 
and which was so nearly completed that we may soon hope 
to hear of its publication. He took a deep interest also in 
Liturgical questions, especially in their connection with the 
Oriental Churches. He was a man of genial and kindly 
disposition and was widely respected and esteemed. 

And now, quite recently, the tidings have reached us that 
the Bishop of Missouri has also been taken from us. He 
entered the Episcopate at a very early age, and proved him- 
self a man of more than ordinary intellectual power. He 
was steadily growing in the respect and confidence of all 
who knew him, and winning for himself a position of no 
little influence in the councils of the Church. May the 
places, which have thus been vacated, he speedily filled with 
earnest and faithful men, who may be able to carry on, with 
even increased efficiency, the work which, in these bereaved 
Dioceses, has been so well begun. 

My first official act, after the adjournment of our last 
Convention, was in attendance, the same day, upon the 
meeting of the new Missionary Committee, and later the 
meeting of the Board of Fellows of Ravenscroft Mission 
and Training School. 

On Sunday, May 31st, in Trinity Church, Asheville, the 
Morning Service was conducted by Rev. Messrs. Bush and 
Cheshire, and Rev. Dr. Porter, of South Carolina. After a 
sermon by Rev. Gilbert Higgs, I confirmed four persons, 
addressed them, and administered the Holy Communion. 

Tuesday, June 2d, I organized the Colored Mission of 
Trinity Chapel, Asheville, and appointed the regular officers. 



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Wednesday, June 3d, attended a meeting in Raleigh, of the 
Trustees of St. Augustine's Normal School. Thursday, June 
4th, I presided at the public exercises, in connection with the 
close of the school year of that Institution, conducted the re- 
ligious services, and made an address. I may here add that 
this School has been going on prosperously during the past 
year, and we have had the great satisfaction of seeing a 
large and substantial brick building erected on the grounds, 
which is admirably adapted to our needs, and has been reg- 
ularly occupied for some months past. For this building 
we are chiefly indebted to the benefactions of kind 
friends at the North, who have thus shown their interest 
and sympathy in this important work. 

Sunday, June 7th, in Church of the Good Shepherd, Ral- 
eigh, I preached and administered the Holy Communion. 

Thursday, June nth, I presided at the Commencement 
exercises of St. Mary's School, and in the Chapel conducted 
the religious services, made an address, and gave the bene- 
diction. 

June 18th, I prepared the necessary document, organizing 
St. Paul's Mission at Monroe, appointed the officers, and 
forwarded the paper so prepared. 

Sunday, June 21st, in St. Matthew's Church, Hillsboro, 
after Morning Prayer by Rev. Mr. Murphy, I preached and 
administered the Holy Communion. 

At night, preached again, confirmed six persons and ad- 
dressed them. 

Sunday, June 28th, in Salem Chapel, Fairntosh, Orange 
County, I conducted the service, preached and administered 
the Holy Communion. At 5 P. M. said Evening Prayer 
and preached again. There is here an excellent opportu- 
nity for doing a good work forthe church, and I am hoping 
soon to find a Clergyman to undertake the duty in connec- 
tion with other work. 

Sunday, July 5th, at the Hotel, Morehead City, where I 



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was spending a few days, I conducted the morning service 
and preached. 

Sunday, July 12th, took part in the morning service at 
the Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh. 

July 15th, presided at a meeting of the Executive Mis- 
sionary Committee. 

Friday, July 17th, left Raleigh to enter upon my visita- 
tion in the Western Counties. 

Sunday, July 19th, in the new church at Marion, I 
preached and administered the Holy Communion, assisted 
in the services by the Rev. Mr. Bland. I was much grati- 
fied to find so neat and comfortable a building erected here, 
and only the great perseverance of Mr. Bland could have 
accomplished such a work, with so little help and encour- 
agement. In the afternoon, at a private house a few miles 
in the country, I preached again, Mr. Bland conducting the 
service. Left next morning for Asheville. 

Wednesday, July 22nd, attended a meeting of the Board 
of Fellows of Ravenscroft School. Statutes and By-laws 
were adopted at this meeting, and steps were also taken to 
secure at once a Head Master for the Academic Depart- 
ment, so that, if possible, the school might be opened in 
the fall. I regret to say that we were unsuccessful in our 
efforts, but we earnestly hope the school may be fully estab- 
lished this coming autumn. 

Eighth Sunday after Trinity, July 26th, I went by ap- 
pointment to Camp Scales, near Asheville, where there was 
a large military encampment, and after morning service by 
the Rev. Dr. Carmichael, I preached in the open air to a 
large congregation. The music was excellent and the ser- 
vice a very interesting one. 

Monday, July 27th, in Trinity Church, Asheville, I ad- 
mitted to the Holy Order of Deacons, Mr. Edward P. Green, 
who had been pursuing his theological studies at the Ra- 
venscroft Training School. Morning Prayer was said by the 
Rev. Dr. Porter and the Rev. Mr. Postell. The sermon was 



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preached by me, and the candidate was presented by the 
Rev. Dr. Buxton. I administered the Holy Communion, 
assisted by the Rev. Dr..Porter. 

Tuesday, July 28th, left for Sewanee to attend the meet- 
ing of the Trustees of the University of the South, where 
I remained for five days in attendance upon the sessions of 
the Board. 

Tuesday, August 4th, left Sewanee on my return to Ashe- 
ville. Made arrangements that week for the transfer to 
Rev. J. B. Massiah of the duties performed for so many 
years by Rev. Mr. Berry, in the charge of the colored con- 
gregation at Asheville. Mr. Berry retires on account of old 
age and bodily infirmities. 

Saturday, August 8th, left for Waynesville. 
. Sunday, August 9th, in Grace Church in the Mountains, 
after Morning Prayer by Rev. Dr. Buel, I preached, con- 
firmed three persons and administered the Holy Commu- 
nion. In the afternoon, in the chapel at Mica Dale, Dr. 
Buel conducted the service, and I preached. The congre- 
gation was quite large, notwithstanding a heavy rain which 
came upon us just before commencing the service. 

Tuesday, August nth, in the Methodist church, Webster, 
Jackson county, after Morning Prayer by Rev. Dr. Buel, I 
preached and administered the Holy Communion. 

Thursday, August 13th, in St. John's church, Macon 
county, eight miles beyond Franklin, after morning prayer 
by Rev. Mr. Deal and Rev. Dr. Buel, I preached, made a 
short address, confirmed two persons, and administered the 
Holy Communion. The congregation was an unusually 
large one. 

Friday, August 14th, I preached in Patton's School House, 
after Morning Prayer by Rev. Dr. Buel and Rev. Mr. Deal. 
Went to Franklin in the afternoon, and secured a very fine 
lot, in a most eligible site, upon which we hope very soon 
to erect a church. At night I preached in the Presbyterian 



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church, after Evening Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Buel and Rev. 
Mr. Deal. 

Sunday, August 16th, we held a service in the new brick 
church at Cullowhee, not yet fully completed. After Morn- 
ing Prayer by Rev. Dr. Buel, I preached, made an address 
on confirmation, confirmed four persons, addressed them, 
and administered the Holy Communion. 

Monday, August 17th, crossed over the Blue Ridge to 
Cashier's Valley. On Tuesday I had an appointment at 
Horse Cove, but a threatening storm prevented me from 
going, which I the less regretted, as Bishop Thompson, of 
Mississippi, was there and took the service for me. 

Wednesday, August 19th, in the Methodist Church, 
Cashier's Valley, after morning service by Rev. Dr. Buel, I 
preached and administered the Holy Communion. Our 
own neat and attractive church edifice was not yet suffi- 
ciently completed for occupancy. We had hoped that it 
might be ready for us, but unforeseen hindrances had occa- 
sioned delay. By this summer, I trust it may be entirely 
finished. 

Friday, August 21st, left early this morning for Brevard, a 
long and wearisome mountain drive. When a few miles 
from Brevard, in descending the last mountain range, we 
were placed in great peril by encountering a swarm of yel- 
low jackets, which nearly covered our horses. They became 
frantic and unmanageable, and we feared, every moment, a 
plunge over the precipice at our side. But a kind Provi- 
dence guarded us, and we escaped without any accident or 
injury. We reached Brevard at 7:30 P. M. Two hours later 
a messenger reached me from Asheville, bearing the painful 
tidings of the death of my eldest daughter that morning. I 
made arrangements at once to start for Her.dersonville, 
leaving Rev. Dr. Buel to officiate .at Brevard the following 
Sunday. I drove a good part of the night, and took the 
train for Spartanburg and Charlotte at 8 o'clock Saturday 
morning. I left Charlotte Saturday night, and reached 



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Raleigh early Sunday morning. I was thus enabled to be 
present at the funeral services at 6 o'clock that evening. I 
remained a few days with my family, and left in time to 
take up my schedule of appointments, at Tryon city. I was 
thus able so to arrange it, that only three appointments 
were omitted. 

Sunday, August 30th, at the church of the Holy Cross, 
Tryon city, after Morning Prayer by Rev. Messrs. Knauff 
and Jones, I preached, confirmed five persons, addressed 
them, and administered the Holy Communion. Mr. Knauff, 
by my appointment, had been officiating here for the last 
three months, and left shortly after my visit, to return to 
Philadelphia. In the afternoon, confirmed a sick person at 
a private house. 

Monday, August 31st, the heavy rain of yesterday pre- 
vented me from reaching Mill's X Roads, where I had an 
appointment for to-day. Instead of that duty, I accompanied 
Mr. Jones several miles in the country to two private houses, 
and confirmed four persons in one house, and three in the 
other, and delivered an address at each place. In the even- 
ing took the train for Hendersonville. 

Tuesday, September 1st, in St. Paul's Church, Henderson 
county, ten miles in the country, held the first service in the 
new building, not yet entirely completed. Found a large 
congregation completely filling the church. After Morning 
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Bynum, I preached, confirmed thir- 
teen persons, addressed them, and administered the Holy 
Communfon. I found a most interesting work going on in 
this neighborhood, where three years ago the Church was 
wholly unknown. During the few months immediately pre- 
ceding my visit, a plain but very neat church building had 
been erected, and although not yet finished, has been used 
regularly for services, which have been attended by large and 
encouraging congregations. This work owes its success to 
the united efforts of the Rev. Mr. Osborne and the Rev. 



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Milnor Jones, For some time past the Rev. Mr. Bell has 
been regularly officiating there. 

Wednesday, September 2d, in St. James' Church, Hen- 
dersonville, after Morning Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Drayton, 
I preached, confirmed two persons, and administered the 
Holy Communion. After the service, I met in the Vestry- 
room an English clergyman, the Rev. Richard Wainwright, 
lately of Honolulu, who has since sent me letters dismissory 
from the Bishop of Honolulu. He is now residing ten miles 
from Hendersonville, near the French Broad river, where a 
small colony of English people have their homes, and he is 
holding services there. I offered him also the charge of the 
Church at Hendersonville, but on account of his impaired 
health, he did not feel able to undertake the duty. 

Thursday, September 3d, in Calvary Church, Henderson 
County, I instituted the Rev. Wm. Shipp Bynum into the 
Rectorship of the Parish. Morning Prayer was said by the 
Rev. Dr. Buel, I preached and confirmed five persons; the 
Holy Communion was administered by the newly instituted 
Rector. 

Friday, September 4th, consecrated Mount Calvary 
Chapel, which is the result of missionary efforts by mem- 
bers of Calvary Church, and the new edifice is about eight 
miles from that church. It is a very neat building and re- 
flects very great credit upon the Rev. Mr. Osborne, who was 
chiefly instrumental in the establishment of the mission, 
and in the erection of this building during his rectorship of 
Calvary Church. And we are largely indebted to some 
zealous ladies of Calvary Church who have taken a deep in- 
terest in the mission, for some of the most attractive fea- 
tures in the church building. The request to consecrate 
was read by Mr. Robert Blake, and the sentence of Conse- 
cration by the Rev. Dr. Buel. After Morning Prayer by the 
Rev. W. S. Bynum, I preached, confirmed nine persons, 
addressed them, and administered the Holy Communion. 

Saturday, September 5th, I accompanied the Rev. Mr. 



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Bynum to a private house near Arden Park, and confirmed 
two members of his congregation, who were unable to be 
present at the public service in Calvary Church. I then 
drove on alone to Asheville, and when near the edge of the 
town was run into by a runaway team, overturning my 
buggy, and threatening very serious consequences. But 
providentially, I received no injury whatever. My buggy 
availed to arrest the runaway mules, and probably saved the 
occupants of the wagon from disastrous results. This was 
the second very narrow escape within a fortnight. 

The next day, Sunday, September 6th, in Trinity Church, 
Asheville, after Morning Prayer by Rev. Mr. Marks, of Mis- 
sissippi, and Rev. Drs. Porter, of South Carolina, and Minne- 
gerode, of Virginia, I preached, confirmed nine persons, ad- 
dressed them, and administered the Holy Communion. At 
night visited Trinity Chapel, for colored people, and found 
the building and grounds greatly improved by repairs recently 
made. After Evening Prayer by Rev. Messrs. J. B. Massiah 
and S. V. Berry, I preached and confirmed twenty persons, 
and addressed them. 

Monday, September 7th, prepared and forwarded a paper 
for the regular organization of St. Thomas's Mission, Shelby, 
and appointed the requisite officers. 

Thursday, September 10th, officiated at a funeral in 
Trinity Church, Asheville. 

Sunday, September 13th, in St. James' Church, Lenoir, 
Morning Prayer was said by Rev. Messrs. Bush and Weston. 
I baptized an infant, preached, confirmed one person, and 
administered the Holy Communion. 

Monday, September 14th, in the Methodist Church, Pat- 
terson, I assisted Rev. Mr. Weston in the service, preached, 
confirmed one person, and administered the Holy Com- 
munion. 

Wednesday, September 16th, in the parlor of the Hotel 
at Blowing Rock, I conducted the service and preached. 

Friday, September 18th, in St. John's Church near Valle 



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Crucis, Rev. E. P. Green read Morning Prayer. I baptized 
an adult, preached, confirmed seven persons, addressed them, 
and administered the Holy Communion. 

Sunday, September 20th, In the Church at Boone, after 
Morning Prayer by the Rev. E. P. Green, I preached and 
administered the Holy Communion. Since his ordination, 
Mr. Green has been officiating regularly by my appoint- 
ment in Wautauga and Mitchell counties. 

Monday, September 2ist, I went to Riverside, ten miles 
below Patterson, where I had an appointment for Tuesday ; 
but the heavy rain in the early morning prevented the gath- 
ering of a congregation, and I proceeded on my way to 
Wilkesboro. 

Wednesday, September 23d, in St. Paul's Church, Wilkes- 
boro, after Morning Prayer by the Rev. R. W. Barber, I 
preached and administered the Holy Communion. Shortly 
after the service, I left for the residence of Mr. James Gwyn, 
near the Yadkin, a few miles from Elkin. 

Thursday, September 24th, in Gwyn's Chapel, after Morn- 
ing Prayer by Rev. Mr. Barber, I preached and administered 
the Holy Communion. 

Friday, September 25th, in the new Methodist church at 
Elkin, a very large congregation assembled ; the Rev. Mr. 
Barber conducted the service and I preached. Through the 
zealous efforts of one of the ladies, we had the benefit of 
excellent and appropriate music. The chants were admira- 
bly rendered, and were, what they should be on such occa- 
sions, simple and congregational. Too often the music is 
rather a performance, than a part of devout worship. The 
next day, Saturday, I was driven to Statesville. 

Sunday, September 27th, in Trinity Church, Statesville, 
after Morning Prayer by the Rev. E. Wootten, I preached 
and administered the Holy Communion. Preached again 
in the evening. I regret to say in this connection that owing 
to the difficulty of securing a sufficient support, Mr. Woot- 
ten has resigned his position, and removed to the Diocese 



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of Delaware. We have lost in him a very faithful and ener- 
getic worker. Left next morning for Hickory. 

Monday, September 28th, in the Church of the Ascen- 
sion, Hickory, after Evening Prayer by the Revs. J. A. Wes- 
ton and E. N. Joyner, I preached, confirmed four persons, 
and addressed them. Took the train early next morning 
for Ashcville. I have learned recently from Mr. Weston, 
that he has resigned his charge at Hickory and Lenoir, for 
reasons which seemed to him very cogent. He purposes 
removing out of the Diocese, but hopes ere long to return 
to his native State. I am now looking anxiously for some 
one to take the place thus vacated. 

Friday, October 2d, in St. Andrew's Church, Buncombe 
county, after Litany by Rev. Mr. Postell, I preached, con- 
firmed six persons and addressed them ; also administered 
the Holy Communion, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Buxton. 
The same day, at Haw Creek, after Evening Prayer by Dr. 
Buxton, I preached, and confirmed one person. Left next 
day for Morganton. 

Sunday, October 4th, in Grace Church, Morganton, after 
Morning Prayer by Rev. S. P. Watters, and Litany by Rev. Dr. 
Pickett, of Mississippi, I preached and administered the Holy 
Communion. In the afternoon, Mr. Watters drove me 
some miles in the country, where I confirmed a young 
woman, blind and deaf. At night preached again in Grace 
Church, confirmed four persons and addressed them. I was 
glad to find in this parish so many valuable improvements 
in the church building, and so many tokens of harmony and 
prosperity. Left next day for Salisbury. 

Tuesday, October 6th, in St. Luke's Church, after Morn- 
ing Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Murdock, I preached and ad- 
ministered the Holy Communion. Preached again at night, 
confirmed eight persons and addressed them. 

Wednesday, October 7th, in St. Mary's Church, Rowan 
county, after Morning Prayer by Rev. Mr. Murdock, I 
preached and administered the Holy Communion. 



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Thursday, October 8th, at St. Andrew's, Rowan county, 
Mr. Murdock conducted the service, I preached, confirmed 
one person, and administered the Holy Communion. 

Friday, October 9th, in All Saint's Church, Concord, after 
Evening Prayer by the Rev. Geo. H. Edwards, I preached, 
made an address on Confirmation, and confirmed two per- 
sons. On Saturday, at 4 P. M., in the same church, Mr. 
Edwards read Evening Prayer, and after the second Lesson, 
I baptized the infant son of the Rector. It gave me great 
pleasure to learn of the good work which is going on here, 
and to know that the zealous Church people of Concord are 
enjoying the advantages of a resident minister, who is so ac- 
ceptable to all. Mr. Edwards has charge also of the Church 
at Lexington, and holds occasional services at High Point. 

Sunday, October nth, in St. Barnabas Church, Greens- 
boro, after Morning Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Stubbs, I made 
a brief address to the congregation, preached and adminis- 
tered the Holy Communion. I preached again at the even- 
ing service. Rev. Mr. Stubbs had just given up the charge 
at Company Shops, and since then has devoted his whole 
time to Greensboro. I am glad to know that this change 
has had the effect to deepen the interest in the services, 
and to increase the attendance upon them. 

Tuesday, October 13th, in St. Paul's Church, Winston, I 
preached and administered the Holy Communion. At night 
the Rev. Mr.. Daugherty conducted the service; I baptized 
an adult, preached, confirmed four persons, and addressed 
them. 

Wednesday, October 14th, in the Methodist Church, Ger- 
manton, after Morning Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Daugherty, 
I preached and administered the Holy Communion. 

Friday, October 16th, in Hairston's Chapel, Stokes county, 
after Morning Prayer by Mr. Daugherty, I preached and 
administered the Holy Communion. I paid a visit to the 
new church, near Walnut Cove, which was advancing to- 
wards completion, and which gave promise of being a very 



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neat and churchly edifice. I trust it will soon be ready for 
occupancy. The Rev. Mr. Daugherty, who has had charge 
of this mission field, in connection with Winston, has re- 
moved to the Diocese of Ohio, where, I am glad to learn, 
he has been warmly welcomed, and the Rev. H. O. Lacey, 
of the Diocese of Long Island, has recently entered upon 
the same charge. He has been most cordially received, and 
I trust he may do a good work in this encouraging field. 

Sunday, October 18th, in the Church of the Epiphany, 
Leaksville, after Morning Prayer by the Rev. J. T. Clark, I 
preached, confirmed four persons, addressed them, and ad- 
ministered the Holy Communion. Preached again in the 
evening. 

Tuesday, October 20th, 1 preached in the Church at 
Reidsville, after Evening Prayer by Rev. Mr. Clark. The 
evening was very rainy and disagreeable, so that the con- 
gregation was a small one. Quite recently the Rev. Mr. 
Clark has felt compelled, by age and increasing infirmities, 
to give up his charge of Reidsville and Leaksville, where he 
has so faithfully served for many years. I have been able 
to supply his place with the efficient services of the Rev. 
Alban Greaves, of the Diocese of Virginia, whose Letters 
Dimissory have been accepted by me. 

Wednesday, October 21st, in the Presbyterian Church at 
Milton, Caswell county, after Evening Prayer by Rev. T.J. 
Packard, of Virginia, I preached to a large and attentive 
congregation. There are here several attached members of 
the church, and I am hoping soon to find some way by 
which they can be supplied with at least an occasional 
service. 

Thursday, October 22d, in Cunningham's Chapel, Person 
county, after Morning Prayer by Rev. Mr. Packard, I 
preached, confirmed three persons, addressed them, and ad- 
ministered the Holy Communion, assisted in the commu- 
nion service by the Rev. W. E. Webbe, of Virginia, who 



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officiates regularly in this Chapel, and also at Goshen. Left 
next day on my return to Raleigh. 

Sunday, October 25th, preached in the Church of the 
Good Shepherd, Raleigh. 

Sunday, November 1st, All Saints' Day, assisted in the 
service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, and adminis- 
tered the Holy Communion. The sermon was by the Rev. 
Robert Strange, who entered that day upon his duties in 
the charge of the Parish. 

Monday, November 2d, left at night for Charlotte, and 
continued on next morning to Shelby. 

Tuesday, November 3d, in St. Thomas' Church, Shelby, 
Rev. W. R. Wetmore read the service, and I preached to a 
large congregation. The prospects of the Church here are 
much more encouraging than for many years past. We 
have a few very zealous and active members, but there is 
great need of more services than Mr. Osborne, who is now 
in charge, is at all able to render. Next morning, in the 
same church, I administered the Holy Communion, assisted 
by the Rev. Mr. Wetmore. At night, in St. Luke's Church, 
Lincolnton, after Evening Prayer by the Rev. W. R. Wet- 
more, I preached, confirmed eleven persons and addressed 
them. During the last few months, a very important step has 
been taken in the renovation and almost entire renewal of the 
church building. It has been very materially enlarged and 
beautified, and if not entirely finished as yet, it will speedily 
be ready for occupancy. I congratulate the Rector and con- 
gregation upon this much needed improvement, which, I 
cannot doubt, will conduce to the increased prosperity of 
the parish. 

Thursday, November 5th, in St. Paul's Church, Lincoln 
county, a few miles from Lincolnton, after Morning Prayer 
by Mr. Wetmore, I preached, confirmed two persons, and 
administered the Holy Commnnion. On our return to Lin- 
colnton, I confirmed two colored persons, at a private house, 
one being seriously ill. At night, in the Church of our 
Saviour, a short distance from town, after Evening Prayer 



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by the Rev. Mr. Wetmore, I preached, confirmed seven per- 
sons and addressed them. I found here much to cheer and 
to encourage. An important addition had been made to 
the Church edifice, and all the improvements have been 
carried out in remarkably good taste. A very interesting 
church work is going on in that neighborhood. 

Friday, November 6th, in St. John's Church, High Shoals, 
after Morning Prayer by Rev. Mr. Wetmore, I preached, 
and confirmed one person. Mr. Wetmore has an immense 
mission field, and greatly needs an Assistant. 

Sunday, November 8th, in St. Bartholomew's Church, 
Pittsborough, after Morning Prayer by the Rev. Wm. Wal- 
ker, I preached, confirmed four persons, addressed them, 
and administered the Holy Communion. The Rev. Mr. Bush 
assisted in the Communion service. At 4 p. m., in the 
County Poor House, I confirmed five of the inmates, and 
addressed them. The Rev. Mr. Bush, who has been hold- 
ing services there, presented the candidates. At night, in 
St. James' Mission for colored people, Pittsborough, after 
Evening Prayer by the Rev. Messrs. Bush, Walker and But- 
ler, I preached, confirmed six persons and addressed them. 

Monday, November 9th, in St. Mark's, Deep River, after 
Morning Prayer by Rev. Messrs. Walker and Bush, I 
preached, confirmed one person, and administered the Holy 
Communion. 

24th Sunday after Trinity, November 15th, in the Church 
of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh, I admitted to the Priest- 
hood Rev. Walter J. Smith, and Rev. Robert Strange, 
Deacons. Rev. Mr. Smith was presented by the Rev. Gil- 
bert Higgs, and Mr. Strange by the Rev. John Huske. The 
sermon was preached by the Rev. J. B. Cheshire Jr. I ad- 
ministered the Holy Communion, assisted by the Rev. Dr. 
Marshall, who also read the Gospel ; the Rev. Bennett 
Smedes reading the Epistle. Rev. Drs. Hubbard, Sutton 
and Carmichael were present in the chancel. The whole 
services were most interesting and impressive. At 4 p. m., 
in the same Church, I baptized an infant. At night, took 



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part in a joint service at Christ Church, when the Rev. Dr. 
Carmichael preached, and I made an address in regard to 
St. John's Hospital. In this connection, I may say that I 
think the Hospital has claims upon the sympathy of many 
outside of the city where it is established ; for patients 
from different parts of the State are glad to enjoy the ad- 
vantages afforded by this most excellent Institution. 

Left during the week for a visit to Baltimore and New 
York. 

Sunday, November 22d, preached in Grace Church, Balti- 
more. 

Thursday, November 26th, Thanksgiving Day, in Christ 
Church, East Orange, I took part in the service and preached. 

First Sunday in Advent, November 29th, in St. Andrew's 
Church, Harlem, I assisted in the service and preached. In 
the afternoon, in the same Church, attended a Sunday 
School service, for the large school connected with the 
Church. The whole body of the Church was filled with 
children. There are 900 in the Sunday School. After 
Catechizing by the Rector, I addressed the children. 

Monday evening, November 30th, in Grace Chapel, New 
York, I attended a large meeting of Chinamen who are re- 
ceiving Christian instruction. At the request of the Assis- 
tant Bishop, who was present, I made an address, which 
was repeated to them by an Interpreter, in the Canton dia- 
lect. Nearly all the Chinamen were young men, and 
seemed unusually bright and intelligent, and interested in 
acquiring a knowledge of the Christian religion. 

During the week I paid a hurried visit to friends in Wa- 
terbury, Conn., and returned to New York. 

Second Sunday in Advent, Dec. 6th, in Christ Church, 
East Orange, N. J., at an early service, I administered the 
Holy Communion and preached at the later service. At 
night I preached in St. Mark's Church, Orange. 

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, attended the monthly meeting of the 
Missionary Committee of the Board of Missions at the 



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Bible House, New York. I also had the satisfaction, for 
several days, of attending the mid-day mission services in 
Trinity Church. It was a most interesting spectacle to look 
upon such immense congregations, composed wholly of men, 
and who seemed so deeply interested in the plain and stir- 
ring discourses of the Rev. Mr. Aitken, the English Mis- 
sioner. Plainer and more earnest preaching I never heard, 
and I cannot doubt that a deep and lasting impression was 
made upon many of those who so thronged the church for 
many successive days. 

Third Sunday in Advent, Dec. 13th, in the church of the 
Intercession, Washington Heights, New York, after Morning 
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Reed and Rev. Dr. M. VanRensse- 
laef, I read the Ante Communion service and preached. 

Fourth Sunday in Advent, Dec. 20th, I preached in St. 
Peter's Church, Baltimore, in the morning, and at night in 
St. Paul's Church. 

Wednesday, Dec. 23rd, in Grace Church, Baltimore, I 
united a couple in holy matrimony, assisted by the Rector 
of the church. 

I left the same evening for Raleigh. 

Friday, Dec. 25th, I assisted in the service at the Church 
of the Good Shepherd, and administered the Holy Commu- 
nion. 

Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 27th, in same church, after 
the evening service, I delivered an address in reference to 
the late interesting Advent Missions in New York. 

Sunday, Jan. 3rd, in Emmanuel Church, Warrenton, after 
Morning Prayer by Rev. G. Higgs, I preached, confirmed 
nine persons, addressed them, and administered the Holy 
Communion. At night preached again, confirmed two per- 
sons and addressed them. 

The recent improvements in the church edifice at War- 
renton, have added greatly to its beauty and attractiveness, 
and it is very cheering also to witness the evidences of 
growth and progress, where a short time ago there were so 



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many discouragements. The town, too, is waking up from 
a long sleep, and the church is participating in the general 
advancement. 

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, at a private house in Raleigh, I con- 
firmed a sick person, presented by Rev. Dr. Marshall. 

Wednesday, January 6th, Feast of the Epiphany, in the 
Chapel of St. Mary's School, Raleigh, I assisted Rev. Ben- 
nett Smedes in the service, and administered the Holy Com- 
munion. Directly after the service a procession was formed, 
of teachers, pupils and friends of the school, followed by 
the Rector and the Bishop, who marched over to the new 
and beautiful Art Building, only recently completed. After 
entering one of the large Halls, I offered prayers appro- 
priate to the occasion, and made an address. This building, 
even more attractive than the one previously destroyed by 
fire, is a very great addition to the comfort and convenience 
of the School; while so admirably suited to its special de- 
sign. Never were finer facilities offered, of every sort, than 
those now provided in this superior and most popular Insti- 
tution. Surely parents and guardians in North Carolina 
will find it difficult to secure elsewhere better educational 
advantages than St. Mary's provides here, in their own 
State. It is not strange that in so many of the Southern 
States this Institution is held in such honor and esteem. 

First Sunday after Epiphany, January 10th, in the Church 
of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh, I instituted the Rev. 
Robert Strange into the Rectorship of the Parish, the Rev. 
J. C. Huske, D. D., of Fayetteville, preaching the sermon. 
It was a matter of deep regret that the extreme inclemency 
and severity of the weather, kept so many away who were 
most anxious to be present, at so interesting and impressive 
a service. At night, in St. Augustine's Church, after Even- 
ing Prayer by Rev. H. M. Joseph, I preached, confirmed 
seven persons, and addressed them. 

Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 17th, in Trinity 
Church, Asheville, after Morning Prayer by Rev. Messrs. 



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Postell.and McBee, I preached and admitted to the Holy 
Order of Deacons, Mr. Robert Percy Eubanks and Mr. Wil- 
liam Lucien Reaney, upon presentation by Rev. Dr. Buel. 
I administered the Holy Communion, assisted by Rev. Dr. 
Buxton. The candidates thus ordained had received their 
training, in part, at the Ravenscroft Training School, where 
I was glad to find the Rev. Vardry McBee associated in in- 
struction with Rev. Dr. Buel. Mr. McBee also held the 
position of Assistant in Trinity Church. These twofold 
duties he discharged most acceptably, and I was much 
grieved to learn quite recently that he had found his health 
so much impaired, that his medical advisers had urged him 
to a complete cessation of work for the ensuing summer. 
Acting upon this advice, he left Asheville the early part of 
this month, but I hope that a few months of rest may en- 
able him to resume his duties, with a reinvigorated consti- 
tution, and without further apprehension. Of those thus 
ordained, Mr. Eubanks is officiating two Sundays in each 
month at Statesville, and also doing missionary work at 
other points, while pursuing his studies for the priesthood, 
under the guidance of Rev. Mr. Murdoch. He makes his 
home at Salisbury. The Rev. Mr. Reaney, I have placed at 
Company Shops, under the general supervision of Rev. Mr. 
Bush, who spends one Sunday in each month at that place. 
I am glad to know that Mr. Reaney has been most kindly 
received, and finds every encouragement in his field of labor. 
The next morning I left for Raleigh, and on Thursday, Jan. 
2 ist, I proceeded on to Richmond, Va., where I spent sev- 
eral days. Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 24th, in 
St. Paul's Church, Richmond, I preached both morning and 
evening ; the Rector, Rev. Dr. Minnegerode, and the Rev. 
Mr. Gravitt, conducting the services. Monday, Jan. 25th, 
in same church, I officiated at the marriage of one of my 
sons, assisted by Rev. Dr. Minnegerode. Returned on 
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Jan. 3 1 st, in Christ Church, 
Raleigh, I assisted in the service and preached. 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Feb. 7th, in the Church of 
the Holy Innocents, Henderson, after Morning Prayer by 
Rev. J. E. Ingle, I made an address to the congregation, 
congratulating them upon-the occupancy of their new and 
very beautiful church, which is surely one of the ornaments 
of the Diocese. I then preached and administered the Holy 
Communion. At 4 P. M. I preached again, confirmed nine- 
teen persons and addressed them. The church was much 
crowded at both services and much interest was manifested. 
I can but hope that a new era of progress and prosperity is 
about to be enjoyed by this Parish. With so noble and at- 
tractive a church building, and a Rector so untiring in zeal 
and devotion, only the warm cooperation of the members 
of the congregation is required, to insure great and increas- 
ing advancement. I trust the Vestry will soon feel it their 
duty and privilege, to enjoy the.uninterrupted services of 
their Rector rather, than consent to have him divide his time 
with another Parish. In a place so growing and important 
as Henderson, the ministrations of the sanctuary should not 
be willingly intermitted. 

Friday, Feb. 12th, I accompanied Rev. Mr. Strange to 
St. John's Hospital, Raleigh, where I confirmed a sick man 
and administered the Holy Communion to several of the 
inmates. 

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Feb. 14th, in the Chapel of 
the Cross, Chapel Hill, I conducted the services, preached 
and administered the Holy Communion, and held a second 
service and preached in the evening. I found the interior 
of the chapel greatly improved by painting and decoration, 
so that it now presents a very neat and attractive appear- 
ance. I regret, to say that during the past year, we have 
had no Rector for the Church at Chapel Hill, and, therefore, 
it has only been occasionally that the services of a clergy- 
man could be secured. Feeling, as we all must do, the great 



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importance of having this position supplied by an active and 
vigorous clergyman, I trust we may be able, at this Con- 
vention, to agree upon some plan, by which the limited re- 
sources of the congregation may be so far supplemented, 
that we can secure that of which we recognize the need. 

Septuagesima Sunday, Feb. 21st, in the Church of the 
Good Shepherd, Raleigh, in the absence of the Rector, I 
conducted the Morning Service, and preached. Tuesday, 
February 23d, I left on a short trip to Florida. 

Sunday, February 28th, in St. John's Church, Jackson- 
ville, I assisted in the service and preached. On Monday, 
I went up the St. John's River, and reached Sanford the 
next day. I met Bishop Whipple, of Minnesota, there, and 
on Wednesday returned with him as far as Palatka, where 
he had appointments for a visitation. We went, the same 
evening, to the Chapel provided for the colored people, and 
after the Evening Service, I made an address to the congre- 
gation, after which Bishop Whipple preached and adminis- 
tered the rite of confirmation. I was with him again the 
next evening when he visited the Parish Church, and held a 
confirmation there. On Friday, I returned to Jacksonville, 
and, on Saturday, took the train for Tallahassee, where I 
had been requested, by the Standing Committee of Florida, 
to perform any Episcopal duties that might be desired. 

Quinquagesima Sunday, March 7th, in St John's Church, 
Tallahassee, after Morning Prayer by the Rector, Rev. Dr. 
Carter, I preached and administered the Holy Communion. 
At the Evening Service I preached again, confirmed twelve 
persons and addressed them. Very large congregations were 
present at both services. I remained five days in Talla- 
hassee, the guest of Dr. A. B. Hawkins. I received from 
him and his family, and very many of the citizens, every 
kindness and courtesy. 

On Thursday, March nth, I left for Jacksonville, and the 
next day continued my journey to Savannah. 

First Sunday in Lent, March 14th, I preached in Christ 
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Church, Savannah, after Morning Prayer by the Rector, 
Rev. Mr. Boone. At night I preached in St. John's Church. 

I left the next evening on my return home, and reached 
Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon. I contracted a severe cold 
while in Florida, and the day after I reached home I was 
attacked very severely, and was confined to the house for 
several days. 

Third Sunday in Lent, March 28th, in St. Phillip's Church, 
Durham, after Morning Prayer by Rev. J. Huske, I preached 
and administered the Holy Communion. At night, after 
service and sermon by Mr. Huske, I confirmed twelve per- 
sons and addressed them. It was a matter of extreme re- 
gret to me to learn that Mr. Huske had resigned the charge 
of the Parish, and had accepted a position in Buffalo, New 
York. The Parish is in a very prosperous and encouraging 
condition, and I trust may speedily be supplied with a faith- 
ful and zealous Rector. 

Tuesday, March 30th, at a private house in Raleigh, I 
confirmed a sick person, on presentation by Rev. Dr. Mar- 
shall. 

Thursday, April 1st, in the Church of the Good Shep- 
herd, Ridgeway, I conducted the service, preached, con- 
firmed two persons, and administered the Holy Commu- 
nion. Rev. Mr. Pettigrew, the Rector, was detained at 
Williamsboro by the swollen condition of the stream. 

Friday, April 2d, in the Church at Middleburg I read the 
service, preached, and administered the Holy Communion. 
The Church building here is still unfinished, but they are 
hoping to be able to complete it during the present year. 

Fourth Sunday in Lent, April 4th, in St. John's Church, 
Williamsboro, after Morning Prayer by Rev. Mr. Pettigrew, 
I preached, confirmed four persons, addressed them, and ad- 
minstered the Holy Communion. The day was cloudy and 
threatening, yet we had an unusually large and attentive 
congregation. It is pleasant to see the tokens of increasing 



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prosperity in this venerable Parish, which has suffered so 
much of late years by deaths and removals. 

Shortly after the service, I was driven over to Oxford, 
and at night, in St. Stephen's Church, after Evening Prayer 
by Rev. L. W. Rose, I preached, confirmed seventeen per- 
sons and addressed them. I was gratified to find this church 
in so prosperous a condition. The zealous young Rector 
has the confidence and affection of his people, and is doing 
a most excellent work. The late Rector, Rev. Dr. Gholson, 
was compelled by failing health to resign the charge of the 
Parish, and he is now residing in Alabama. It was a cause 
of real sorrow to me that so soon after coming among us, 
in so much hopefulness, he should have become so thoroughly 
disabled. I fear that he has little hope of resuming active 
duty. 

It was my purpose to start the next day for Goshen, 
where I had an appointment for Tuesday, but a very heavy 
and continuous rain so swelled the streams that I felt it un- 
wise to attempt the drive, and thus the service was omitted. 
I availed myself of the delay in Oxford to bring up some 
pressing arrears of correspondence. Among the letters 
which reached me at Oxford, was one from the Presiding 
Bishop of our Church, appointing me to the care and juris- 
diction of the American Clergy and Congregations under 
their pastorate, which are regularly established on the Con- 
tinent of Europe. This position, while it involves no little 
responsibility, does not impose any very burdensome duties. 
After some little deliberation, I felt that I could not refuse 
to accept the appointment, which in such flattering terms 
had been tendered to me. Certainly I should have hesitated 
to do so, had I believed that it would embarrass me in the 
discharge of my duties in North Carolina. I trust it may 
not be necessary for me to go abroad until after the meet- 
ing of our next General Convention. 

Wednesday, April 7th, I left Oxford for Gaston, and on 
Thursday, April 8th, in St. Luke's Church, after Morning 



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Prayer by Rev. Gilbert Higgs, I preached, confirmed one 
person, and administered the* Holy Communion. 

An active movement is on foot in this Mission, for the 
erection of a new church, which is so greatly needed. I 
hope there may be no abatement of zeal and effort, until 
this important object has been accomplished. 

Friday, April 9th, in Grace Church, Weldon, after Even- 
ing Prayer by Rev. Dr. Smith and Rev. Mr. Higgs, I 
preached, confirmed two persons and addressed them. The 
Church in Weldon still remains in an unfinished state, the 
small band of Church people there, not having felt them- 
selves able to complete the work. They are hoping, during 
the present year, to make some further progress. 

Sunday, April nth. in the Church of our Saviour, Jack- 
son, after Morning Prayer by Rev. G. Higgs, I preached, 
confirmed seven persons, addressed them, and administered 
the Holy Communion. Preached again in the evening. 
During the past year this Church has been much enlarged 
and beautified, and a very graceful tower has been con- 
structed at the south corner of the front. The whole build- 
ing has been ceiled with native pine ; a new transept added 
for the organ ; an end gallery erected for the colored people ; 
the old square windows replaced by double lancet windows, 
with mullions, and all filled with stained glass. It is a noble 
improvement, for which the congregation is indebted to the 
intelligent zeal of their active Rector, and to the liberal 
gifts of a devoted Church woman, now residing in Rich- 
mond, but who was formerly a member of that parish. 
With these material improvements, there is also a deepen- 
ing interest among the members of the congregation, and 
every token of increasing prosperity. 

Tuesday, April 13th, in St. Mark's Church, Halifax, after 
Morning Prayer by Rev. Dr. Smith, I preached and admin- 
istered the Holy Communion. Dr. Smith has resigned his 
connection with this parish, and it has been placed for the 
present under the charge of the Rector at Scotland Neck. 



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Dr. Smith has recently commenced regular monthly ser- 
vices at Littleton. 

Wednesday, April 14th, had a conference with the Vestry 
of Trinity Church, Scotland Neck, and then went to the 
new Church building, lately completed, and held its opening 
service. After Morning Prayer by Rev. Walter j. Smith, and 
Rev. Herbert W. Robinson, I made an address to the con- 
gregation, preached, confirmed seven persons, addressed 
them, and administered the Holy Communion. I was very 
glad to meet and welcome the new Rector, who has been 
transferred to this Diocese, by Letters Dimissory from the 
Bishop of Toronto. Mr. Robinson has been most kindly 
welcomed by the people, and very cordial and affectionate, 
relations have already been established. Rev. Mr. Hilton 
resigned the charge of the Parish last autumn, and has re- 
moved to his old home in Plymouth. The new Church, at 
Scotland Neck, is about a mile and a half from the old 
building, and is in the center of a large and populous neigh- 
borhood, which has sprung up long since the erection of the 
old Church. The new church building is considerably 
larger than the old one, and is a very neat and solidly con- 
structed brick edifice. It was entirely filled, on the day of 
my visitation, and I feel encouraged to believe that there is 
now before the Parish a career of increasing prosperity. 
By the generosity of an old Parishioner, the former building, 
to be known hereafter as Trinity Mortuary Chapel, has 
been roofed in, and placed in a condition to be used regu- 
larly, on all funeral occasions, and will also be used for pub- 
lic services on the first Sunday after Easter, and on the 
feast of All Saints. The sweet memories of the past will 
thus be tenderly revived, while, standing as the old church 
does, in the midst of the graves of the departed, the ser- 
vices of Easter tide and All Saints will have a special appro- 
priateness and solemnity. During the afternoon, I was 
driven over to Enfield, and on the following morning, 
Thursday, April 15th, in the Church of the Advent, after 



28 bishop's address. 



Morning Prayer and the baptism of an adult, by Rev. Dr. 
Smith, I preached, confirmed two persons, and administered 
the Holy Communion. 

In the afternoon, was driven over to the neighborhood of 
Ringwood. Friday, April 16th, in St. Clement's Church, 
Dr. Smith read Morning Prayer. I baptized an infant, 
preached, confirmed three persons, addressed them, and 
administered the Holy communion. 

Returned the next morning to Enfield, and took the train 
for Wilson. 

Palm Sunday, April 18th, in St. Timothy's Church, after 
Morning Prayer by Rev. B. S. Bronson, I preached and ad- 
ministed the Holy Communion. 

At 5 : 30 P. M. I held a service in the church for the col- 
ored people. A large congregation assembled. I made an 
address on confirmation, confirmed fifteen persons and ad- 
dressed them. There is much encouragement for the estab- 
lishment of a colored church here. Mr. F. W. Dunn, a can- 
didate for Holy Orders and a graduate of St. Augustine's 
School, is now teaching in Wilson, and is also acting as a 
Lay-Reader, and is gathering quite a good congregation. 
At night I preached again, confirmed five persons and ad- 
dressed them. 

On Monday morning I took the train for Kittrell. 

Tuesday, April 20th, in St. James' Church, Kittrell, after 
Morning Prayer by Rev. J. E. Ingle, I preached, confirmed 
nine persons, addressed them and administered the Holy 
Communion. Mr. Ingle now holds this charge in connec- 
tion with Henderson. 

Returned to Raleigh the same evening. 

Good Friday, April 23d, preached in Christ Church, Ral- 
eigh. 

Left on the night train for Wadesboro. 

Saturday, April 24th, at a private house in Wadesboro, 
administered the Holy Communion to an aged and infirm 
person. 



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Easter Day, April 25th, in Calvary Church, Wadesboro, 
after Morning Prayer by Rev. Charles C. Quin, I preached, 
confirmed four persons, addressed them and administered 
the Holy Communion. Preached again in the evening. The 
congregations were large and attentive. There is a very 
healthy and encouraging progress in the work of the church 
here. Its influence is deepening and strengthening every 
day. 

Monday, April 26th, was driven over to Ansonville, and 
at night, in the church there, after Evening Prayer by Rev. 
Mr. Quin, I preached, confirmed four persons and addressed 
them. Next morning I preached again, and administered 
the Holy Communion. The congregations at both services 
were unusually large, and it is apparent that there is a 
steadily growing interest in the work of the church. 

Returned in the afternoon to Wadesboro. 

Wednesday, April 28th, left on the train at a very early 
hour for Monroe. Since my last visit to that place a large 
and beautiful lot has been secured, with a commodious 
building upon it, which has been converted into a very neat 
and attractive church. It has given great joy to our church 
people there, that they have been able to secure so churchly 
and convenient an edifice. Rev. Mr. Osborne, who has 
charge of the mission at Monroe, is doing an admirable 
work, and has awakened among the people fresh interest 
and zeal. A heavy rain came on in the afternoon, which 
had the effect to lessen our congregation at the evening ser- 
vice. At 8 P. M., after Evening Prayer by Rev. Messrs. Os- 
borne and Quin, I preached, confirmed four persons and ad- 
dressed them. The church was well filled and the deepest 
interest was shown in the services. 

Thursday, April 29th, left on the early morning train for 
Charlotte and spent the day there. 

Friday, April 30th, the morning was quite dark and 
threatening, but the day proved pleasanter than we had 
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called for me with a carriage, and we drove out to Long 
Creek, where St. Mark's Mission is established. I found an 
excellent congregation gathered in the school-house, in 
which we hold our services. After the Litany by Rev. Mr. 
Cheshire, and infant baptism by Mr. Osborne, I preached, 
confirmed two persons, addressed them, and administered 
the Holy Communion. Some of the candidates for confir- 
mation were unable to get to the service. The good work 
is going steadily on in this neighborhood, and in a very 
short time it is expected that a substantial brick church 
will be erected, on the very convenient and eligible lot which 
has been provided for the purpose. These zealous and de- 
voted people are richly entitled to our sympathy and aid, in 
the work which they have thus undertaken. I returned in 
the afternoon to Charlotte, and at 8 P. M., in St. Michael's 
Church for colored people, after Evening Prayer by Revs. 
Messrs. Osborne and Quin, I preached, confirmed five per- 
sons and addressed them. The candidates were presented 
by Rev. P. P. Alston, who has charge of the congregation, 
and has connected with it a very flourishing and excellent 
school. 

First Sunday after Easter, May 2d, in St. Peter's Church, 
Charlotte, after Morning Prayer by Rev. J. B. Cheshire, Jr., 
I preached and administered the Holy Communion. At 
night I preached again, confirmed thirteen persons and ad- 
dressed them. The congregations were unusually large. 
There is great need for the enlargement and improvement 
of the church building, and but for the financial depression 
of the past year, I feel confident that the work would have 
been undertaken. I trust it may not long be delayed. 

Monday, May 3d, left on the Statesville train in the even- 
ing for the neighborhood of St. James' Church, Iredell 
county. 

Tuesday, May 4th, drove to the Church, and after Morn- 
ing Prayer by Rev. George B. Wetmore, D. D., I preached, 



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confirmed seven persons, addressed them, and administered 
the Holy Communion. 

Wednesday. May 5th, in Christ Church, Rowan county, 
after Morning Prayer by Rev. Dr. Wetmore and Rev. R. 
P. Eubanks, I preached, confirmed three persons, addressed 
them, and administered the Holy Communion. Took the 
train at 5 P. M. from Third Creek to Salisbury, and later, 
continued on to Lexington. 

Thursday, May 6th, in Church of the Redeemer, Lex- 
ington, after Evening Prayer by Rev. Geo. H. Edwards, 
I preached, confirmed three persons and addressed them. 
The Church was well filled, and much interest shown in the 
service. It is in contemplation to remove the Church to a 
more central and eligible lot, and I think that this change 
is likely to prove a great advantage to the interests of the 
Church. 

Friday, May 12th, took the train to Company Shop?, and 
at night, after Evening Prayer by Rev. Mr. Murphy, of 
Hillsboro, and Rev. W. L. Reaney, I preached, confirmed 
five persons, and addressed them. I had previously confirmed 
one of the candidates at his own residence, at Graham, where 
he was confined by sickness. Made a short address on that 
occasion. 

Second Sunday after Easter, May 9th, in Christ Church, 
Raleigh, after Morning Prayer by Rev. B. Smedes and Rev. 
Dr. Marshall, I preached, confirmed eight persons, and ad- 
dressed them. 

At night, in St. Augustine's Church, after Evening 
Prayer, by Rev. H. M. Joseph, I preached, confirmed seven 
persons, and addressed them. 

Third Sunday after Easter, May 16th, in the Church of 
the Good Shepherd, Raleigh, after Morning Prayer by the 
Rev. Robert Strange, I preached, confirmed fifteen persons, 
addressed them, and administered the Holy Communion. 

At 6 P. M., in St. Mary's Chapel, after Evening Prayer by 
the Rev. Bennett Smedes, I confirmed eleven pupils of the 
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School, and addressed them. The Chapel was densely 
crowded, and the services were deeply interesting and im- 
pressive. 

These services complete the record for the year. I think 
you will agree with me that the results, as thus indicated, 
show very plainly a growing interest, and a marked progress. 
During no year of my Episcopate have I found so much to 
cheer and encourage me. 

There is scarce any part of the Diocese, where there is not 
a steady, forward movement, and new fields are continually 
opening before us. While it is a matter of regret that 
several of our well tried clergy have removed to other 
spheres of labour, we are cheered, on the other hand, by 
several valuable accessions, and at this time, we have fewer 
vacancies than for many years past. We greatly need 
several more active and earnest missionaries, and we need 
also to have a deeper interest awakened in all our congre- 
gations, in behalf of this important missionary work. If we 
desire steady and continued progress, we must look to the 
laity for greater zeal, and active efforts in strengthening the 
hands of the clergy, and in helping forward our missionary 
efforts. We shall find ourselves able to do far more than 
we have ever yet done, if we all seek to understand, the 
better, our privileges and our opportunities, and strive more 
faithfully to improve them. 

The following is a summary of services performed by me 
since the last Convention : 

I have preached on one hundred and twenty-three occa- 
sions, and delivered seventy-two addresses ; have baptized 
four adults and four infants ; have confirmed three hundred 
and ninety-five persons within this Diocese, and thirteen in 
the Diocese of Florida ; have administered the Holy Com- 
munion sixty-nine times; have married two couples; have 
officiated at one funeral; have consecrated one Church; have 
ordained two deacons and two priests ; have instituted two 
priests into the rectorship of two parishes ; and have visited 



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eighty-two parishes and mission stations, several of them 
more than once. You will observe that these aggregate 
numbers fall a little short of those of last year, but this 
arises, in part, from the fact that our last Convention fell 
very late, so that my record then covered a period of fifty- 
four weeks, while that of the present year covers only fifty- 
one weeks. 

The following changes among the clergy have taken place 
since our last Convention : 

Rev. Thomas Atkinson has resigned his position as In- 
structor in Ravenscroft Training School, and taken Letters 
Dimissory to the Diocese of Maryland. 

Rev. H. G. Hilton has resigned the rectorship of Trinity 
Church, Scotland Neck, and taken Letters Dimissory to the 
Diocese of East Carolina. 

Rev. J. E. C. Smedes, D. D., who had removed from the 
Diocese before our last Convention, has since taken Letters 
Dimissory to the Diocese of Springfield. 

Rev. W. G. McKinney, who has been absent from the 
Diocese for several years, has taken Letters Dimissory to 
the Diocese of Western New York. 

Rev. Beverly W. Daugherty has resigned the charge of 
St. Paul's Church, Winston, and the adjacent Missions, and 
has taken Letters Dimissory to the Diocese of Ohio. 

Rev. Edward Wootten has resigned the charge of Trinity 
Church, Statesville, and taken Letters Dimissory to the 
Diocese of Delaware. 

Rev. Edward R. Rich has resigned the charge of the 
Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh, and is officiating in 
the Diocese of Maryland. 

Rev. John Huske has resigned the rectorship of St. Phi- 
lip's Church, Durham, and has taken Letters Dimissory to 
the Diocese of Western New York. 

Rev. S. V. Berry has retired from the charge of Trinity 
Chapel, Asheville, and is residing in New York. 

Rev. J. B. Massiah has retired from St. Augustine's 



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School, and taken charge of Trinity Chapel, Asheville, and 
has also a flourishing Parochial school. 

The Rev. Vardry McBee has resigned the Talman Fel- 
lowship in the General Theological Seminary, New York, 
and on the first of November, entered upon his duties as 
Assistant Minister of Trinity Church, Asheville, and In- 
structor in Ravenscroft Training School. 

Rev. John T. Clark has resigned the charge of the mission 
at Reidsville and the Church of the Epiphany, Leaksville, 
and is residing in Salisbury. 

Rev. John Y. Gholson, D. D,, has resigned the Rectorship 
of St. Stephen's Church, Oxford, and is residing in Ala- 
bama. 

Rev. James A. Weston has resigned the charge of Ascen- 
sion Church, Hickory, and St. James' Church, Lenoir, but 
has not yet removed out of the Diocese. 

The following Clergymen have been received into the 
Diocese : 

Rev. Richard Wainwright, by Letters Dimissory from 
the Bishop of Honolulu, and is officiating in Henderson 
County. 

Rev. Robert Strange, by Letters Dimissory from the 
Bishop of Virginia, and has become Rector of the Church 
of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh. 

Rev. Lysander W. Rose, by Letters Dimissory from the 
Bishop of Virginia, and has become Rector of St. Stephen's 
Church, Oxford. 

Rev. Herbert William Robinson, by Letters Dimissory 
from the Bishop of Toronto, and has become Rector of 
Trinity Church, Scotland Neck. 

Rev. Harry Olmstead Lacey, by Letters Dimissory from 
the Bishop of Long Island, and has become Rector of St. 
Paul's Church, Winston, and is also in charge of neighbor- 
ing missions. 

Rev. Alban Greaves, by Letters Dimissory from the 



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Bishop of Virginia, and has taken charge of the mission at 
Reidsville, and the Church of the Epiphany, Leaksville. 

And there have also been added by ordinations to the 
Diaconate : 

Rev. Edward P. Green, who is acting as Missionary in 
Watauga and Mitchell Counties. 

Rev. Robert Percy Eubanks, who is officiating in Trinity 
Church, Statesville, and as Missionary in Davie and Rowan 
Counties, and 

Rev. William Lucien Reaney, who is officiating at Com- 
pany Shops. 

The number of Clergymen now in the Diocese is fifty-five. 

The candidates for Priests Orders are Rev. Vardry Mc- 
Bee, Rev. Primus P. Alston, Rev. E. H. Butler, Rev. John 
W. Perry, Rev. Edward P. Green, Rev. Robert Percy Eu- 
banks, Rev. William Lucien Reaney, Rev. Charles C. Quin, 
Mr. John R. Harding. 

There are four candidates for Deacons Orders, viz: Wil- 
liam F. Price, Junius M. Horner, Freeman W. Dunn, Wil- 
liam T. Picard. 

The number of Postulants is nine, viz: Hamilton Ander- 
son, Claudius F. Smith, Edward C. Melton, William H. 
Rogers, Walter H. Marshall, Richard Bright, Joseph F. 
Dillon, Nathan A. Seagle and Charles Lorenzo Hoffman. 

There are several matters which it was my intention to 
have brought to your notice in this address, but I have 
already detained you so long, that I will now refer in con- 
clusion to only one matter. And what I have to say on 
this point is intended rather for the clergy. I have been 
led to fear that, in gathering candidates for confirmation, 
there is frequently too little care taken to have them pro- 
perly instructed in the doctrines and principles of the 
Church, and in their own personal duties and responsibili- 
ties. I am well aware that in our scattered, rural districts, 
it is often difficult to find opportunities for this careful in- 
struction. But I feel confident- that, in many instances, 



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these hinderances might be overcome, if only a little more 
diligence and zeal were manifested. Surely there is no time 
when persons would be more likely to listen patiently to in- 
struction, than when contemplating the renewal of their 
baptismal vows. Great pains should then be taken to im- 
press upon the candidates an enlightened idea of what Chris- 
tianity is; what are those teachings which we are called on 
to accept ; and what the duties which are to be faithfully 
discharged. At such a time, every moment thus spent, 
must have an important bearing upon the life and character 
of those thus instructed. 

And yet again, I fear that it is too often the case that, 
after the confirmation, candidates are left too much to them- 
selves, and are thus deprived of that further instruction 
which is so very much needed. 

What is so greatly required on every side, is a higher en- 
lightenment, both as to doctrine and duty, and those ex- 
alted privileges of which, as members of the household of 
Christ, we are made partakers. Here is an agency which 
will be found most potent in securing constancy and sta- 
bility in the truth of the Gospel, and" the manifestation of 
unwavering earnestness and devotion. Finally, my dear 
brethren of the Clergy and Laity, may we all resolve to go 
about our appointed duties with renewed devotion and zeal, 
and may we all share richly in that Divine guidance and bless- 
ing, without which, "the watchman waketh but in vain." 



THEO. B. LYMAN.